• Volume 18 Number 9 - September 2011


    Where to go in North Carolina to find great deer, duck, bear and small-game hunting on public lands.

    North Carolina has two million acres of public hunting lands on 89 game lands that dot the landscape from the ocean to the western border, a distance of approximately 500 miles.

    Sneads Ferry and New River make up a fall redfish hotspot like none other along North Carolina’s coastline.

    The New River is the only river in North Carolina that begins and ends in the same county, but that’s not the only reason it’s recognized. Fall fishing on the watercourse should get it plenty of notice, and with good reason.

    Bottom-fishing along the North Carolina coast isn’t just a summertime activity. Fall action can be excellent, according to one Southport captain.

    Like many North Carolina charterboat captains, Butch Foster of Southport migrated to the coast from inland after spending many vacations there, finally deciding to make it his permanent home.

    Opening Day of dove season in North Carolina can be an afternoon to remember

    The gray, feathered missile bobbed and weaved, riding the afternoon breeze as several loads of No. 8 lead shot narrowly missed making contact and sending it tumbling to the ground.

    Some of North Carolina’s best waterfowl hunting is open to the public -- if you apply for a permit.

    It’s said that you should be prudent about what you wish for, because you might get it. Then again, one man’s disaster can be another’s opportunity.

    This sleepy village has more than its share of great fishing holes.

    Southport is one of those places just about everyone has heard about and some have fished. It is a sleepy tourist and fishing town on the mainland near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    Western North Carolina rivers are smallmouth havens for anglers with a sense of adventure.

    Last July, when West Jefferson’s Ben Lucas and I glimpsed the deep-water ledge 50 yards downstream from us on the South Fork of the New River, we knew exactly how to double-team it.